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Sure wish Tropical Storm Barry would suck all this fresh water out of here and send it to Mexico!!!!!!!

July 11 at 8:17pm

Say, where's the best place to have a depthfinder installed on my bow??? St. Tammany Marine did a great job installing my dash mounted Garmin, but they are no longer in business. I just want a simple depthfinder for the bow and any suggestions would be appreciated.

June 23 at 8:53pm

Please provide input or experience. Noticed an interesting phenomena last night. Fished my buddy's dock over in the Rigolets. He recently replaced all his dock lights with very bright LEDs. Caught a few fish, but noticed few strikes or surface action under our lights. Also, no bugs swarming around the big, bright LED lights. Across the canal, bugs were swarming his neighbors rather yellow lights. Also noticed more fish activity and the occasional strike of a game fish under the neighbors lights. Water depth in both places is quite similar, around 4' and deepening as you go out from the dock. Then it got really interesting! All night long the mullet were jumping everywhere, except under our big LED lights. They stayed out some 50 yards from our dock. When I turned the lights off, the mullet moved within 5 yards of the dock and were making a heck of a lot of racket RIGHT NEXT TO THE DOCK! Were the new, bright LEDs scaring away the fish??? Thanks for your input.

April 11 at 10:03am

Anyone fishing the Rigolets or Lake Catherine? Made a few short trips over there in the last couple of weeks but saw no other boats. Water was very fresh to the taste and fish activity was rather minimal. Caught one nice 26' red on a rattle trap and several smaller reds. Managed one barely legal spec.

March 05 at 8:28am

Had a fun but exhausting trip with my buddy, the Dentist, today. No tide and lots of wind from the East by 8am made fishing conditions tough today, but we caught PLENTY of fish. Unfortunately, only two made it in the ice chest, a 20' red and a nice flounder.

Caught the heck out of big GafTops on pearl minnow Gulp. Kept losing tails of the minnow to needlefish, though I managed to hook three. Also caught ladyfish, several limits of small reds (too small to keep), only a few 10' trout, croaker, pinfish and one 3 lb flounder. Interestingly, not a hard head cat was caught. Just fun fishing with a good friend - that's what it's all about!!!

Look forward to taking the Miss Kitti back out when conditions improve.

September 11, 2018 at 5:54pm

Tough day at Delacroix yesterday. Launched out of Sweetwater and headed toward Black Bay. High tide around noon, but water was still quite stained. Within an hour, water was moving out, full of moss and pretty dirty. Caught one bull red but couldn't keep the Gulp from the Gaftops. Water salinity tasted like 10 ppm, about like the potable water in Leeville. Only caught two trout which wouldn't reach 10 in. Caught a record Gaftop (smallest I've ever caught) on a 1/8 in jig & Matrix Shad (see pic). Bait was everywhere so I figured it was just a bad moon. That's why they call it fishing!!!

July 26, 2018 at 7:51am

Anyone know where you can buy a GOOD catfish flipper. I used to have some that were galvanized with a rubber grip. All I can find are the cheap H&H aluminum ones. Hasn't someone made them out of stainless??? Thanks!

July 04, 2015 at 8:16am

Gabriel, Michael & Hope Redmann from Destin, Florida, enjoyed a fantastic fishing trip out of Sweetwater Marina on June 16th & 17th, accompanied by their Dad, Major Kerry Redmann, III (USAF ret) and Grandpa Kerry Redmann, Jr. Uncle Kris Redmann guided them to small trout & drum Tuesday morning, with strong SE winds muddying the water requiring several relocations. The afternoon seemed more of the same, with the kids catching an interesting variety including croaker, stingray & a 4' garfish. However, Capt. Jack Payne III at Sweetwater Marina suggested a spot to take the children for fun with reds & drum Wednesday morning. This resulted in a large ice chest of reds & drum after two hours of constant action. Once the chest was filled, the children began catch & release during another hour of action. A great time was had by all!

June 19, 2015 at 7:29pm

Wanted to get some opinions on what folks think is the best light saltwater spinning reel - mainly for specs & reds. I know the Shimano Stradic is a fine reel, as I've fished with one for years. Kind of a flimsy drag, though-burned one up on the third bull red caught that day. Don't want to spend the bucks for a Stella-that price is ridiculous.

Have been pleased with the Fin-Nor megalite, but it's hard to get parts for them. Fin-Nor's Ahab 8 would be great, but I think it's too heavy. Haven't used a Van Staal. Daiwa's always made a great spinning reel, but I've lost track of the models. Would rather BUY AMERICAN! What do ya'll think???

August 09, 2012 at 10:16pm
A comment titled: Re: Bimini Top feedback in response to a report titled: Bimini Top feedback

Well worth the investment and much better than a t-top in my opinion. T-tops prevent 360 degree casting and STAY in the way. Bimini's are great and can easily be dropped if not needed. Mine usually doesn't go up until about 10am and doesn't interfere with casting as it's rather low. I have it on a 21'6' Kenner Vision and I love it.

Yesterday at 4:24pm
A comment titled: Re: Primitive Weapon in response to a report titled: Primitive Weapon

35 Whelen is just a necked-up 30-06 with the resulting recoil. I don't know why they call it primitive, as there's nothing primitive about it. The 45-70 was developed around 1873 as a black powder cartridge. It has plenty of knockdown powder but fits the description of primitive. The State should just let you use anything you want if they are going to allow modern cartridges in so-called primitive rifles.

July 12 at 6:51pm
A comment titled: Re: sac and bass massacare with the kids in response to a report titled: sac and bass massacare with the kids

Fantastic!!!! Great to see kids enjoying our favorite sport!!! Congrats!

July 11 at 10:14pm

Might want to check out eBay. Recently bought a South Bend (vintage) 1122 brand new in box for $12 with free shipping. This was a classic bass/bluegill reel. I'm sure you could find a slightly larger reel, suitable for reds!!!! We need to hook up after 4th. Went to Whitney on Florida Blvd yesterday and met one of the execs there. Ryan Monica, Jesuit class of '05, whose uncle is old Coach Frank Monica and whose aunt, Anna Monica, worked for me at Chevron. Small world!!!

June 27 at 9:37am
A comment titled: Re: Don’t need no stinking shrimp in response to a report titled: Don’t need no stinking shrimp

Now you have my mouth watering!

June 26 at 8:43am

Fly fishing category would be great!

June 26 at 8:11am
A comment titled: Re: Don’t need no stinking shrimp in response to a report titled: Don’t need no stinking shrimp

Neat! Looks like fun!

June 25 at 6:33pm

I know Todd well, just didn't know he installed depthfinders. Glad to find this out! Wanted to see if my bow mount could benefit from a thru hull transducer rather than a trolling motor mounted one. Thanks for the info. I'll call Todd today.

June 25 at 8:42am
A comment titled: Re: LUNCH BREAK TROUT in response to a report titled: LUNCH BREAK TROUT


June 23 at 8:59pm
A comment titled: Re: 1st Trout at the L&N in response to a report titled: 1st Trout at the L&N

Nice trout! Wish more folks would return the bigger females! Good job!

June 23 at 8:56pm
A comment titled: Re: 6/12 Segnette Tourney in response to a report titled: 6/12 Segnette Tourney

Congrats! Beautiful bass! Love fishing frogs!!!!

June 18 at 8:30pm
A comment titled: Re: Don’t need no stinking shrimp !!! in response to a report titled: Don’t need no stinking shrimp !!!

Found them in the duck ponds Wednesday. Kept only one out of a dozen - most all 15-1/2'. Put a hurt on nice chunky bass. Caught ten with biggest about 3 lbs but all nice and fat. Switched from gold spoon to ribbit and had a ball! Liked the action on the Drumbeater, but matted grass was tough on it. Ripped the spoon through more easily. Take some pics!!!

June 15 at 8:43am
A comment titled: Re: Don’t need no stinking shrimp !!! in response to a report titled: Don’t need no stinking shrimp !!!

Hope to see you on the water, Mandevillian. Had to pick up some supplies from WalMart and saw some Bomber Drumbeaters marked down to $3.36. Picked up eight of them in 1/4 oz (that's all they had at that price). Son can't stay in til Friday, but we'll be on the water Wednesday, fishing the Northshore cuts. If you're out then and you see my Black/White Kenner Vision, flag me down!!!

June 10 at 5:35pm
A comment titled: Re: Don’t need no stinking shrimp !!! in response to a report titled: Don’t need no stinking shrimp !!!

Trying to fish it myself ('72 Grad), but I have to check my son's ('95 Grad) flight schedule. He's retired USAF and now flies for United Airlines. Wish they had it at one of the Marina's. Dragging fish into Metairie is not my idea of fun, although I did play baseball at Jesuit with Johnny Ryan!

June 05 at 6:04pm
A comment titled: Re: Don’t need no stinking shrimp !!! in response to a report titled: Don’t need no stinking shrimp !!!

Gonna have to get some of those. What weight do you use, Mandevillian??? You fishin' the Jesuit Rodeo? We need to get together sometime. Tryin' to hit Lake P this afternoon with a Bro Martin buddy over near the Rigolets. Just a quick, late evening trip before the sun sets.

June 05 at 9:03am
A comment titled: Re: Don’t need no stinking shrimp !!! in response to a report titled: Don’t need no stinking shrimp !!!

Run that chartreuse ribbit with the white belly over the grass growing in the 2'-3' shallows. Ruined quite a few ribbits on smaller reds, but had a ball watching the torpedoes come hunting! Caught these on the east side of Lake P and duplicated this on the western shore of Lake B.

June 04 at 9:31pm
A comment titled: Re: Don’t need no stinking shrimp !!! in response to a report titled: Don’t need no stinking shrimp !!!

Tried Ribbit frogs yet???

June 04 at 12:32pm
A comment titled: Re: Fly fishing for Bream - setup in response to a report titled: Fly fishing for Bream - setup

Great info! Grew up fly-fishing in City Park in New Orleans. Had a ball with the bream, bass and an occasional sac-a-lait. I agree that the 4/5 weight rods and lines work best as I could only find 6 weight back then - good for bass but too heavy for bream. I also had a 9 weight Garcia Conolon rod that worked well only if fishing saltwater. Way too heavy!!! Today I fish several ponds up in MS with my old 6 weight rod, but trying to find a 4/5 weight. Just don't want to lay out $100 for one. Most stores around New Orleans or the Northshore don't even carry fly rods. Anybody know anyone carrying them for a more reasonable price, let me know.

June 03 at 4:04pm
A comment titled: Re: Best Light SW Spinning Reel in response to a report titled: Best Light SW Spinning Reel

Yep, Daiwa BG's are excellent spinning reels. The GS's were their predecessor, basically a BG all in gold. They are both tough and last forever. I caught a 55 pound bull red in Belle Pass about 20 years ago on a BG-13. Was actually trout fishing. He nearly ran me out of line as I had a 6'6' medium action rod and 12 lb test. As half the line was gone, I had to reduce the drag as I was feeling quite a bit of pull from the spool reduction and was afraid the line would break. Finally wore him down. If someone is selling a BG on eBay in good condition, especially a vendor that has new old stock, it's worth buying. They don't make them like that anymore!!!!

May 24 at 11:45am
A comment titled: Re: Best Light SW Spinning Reel in response to a report titled: Best Light SW Spinning Reel

Just a heads up to all. I've spoken with several of the big parts supply houses and they have informed me that Shimano is changing the reel designs every two years and is dropping parts manufacturing for that reel once out of warranty. My brother has a Shimano Stradic 4000FE which broke the drive gear while fighting a bull red. For a $150 reel to have no parts available worldwide from a firm like Shimano is ridiculous. Good luck to the folks who paid the premium for a Stella or a Sustain. Shimano wants turnover so you can throw you 4-5 year old reel away if you need a part. Some parts available on eBay but not many gear-types. Just soon buy a $50 reel. If you get two years out of it you're money ahead. Still haven't found anything to match my old Daiwa GS-15!!!!!

May 24 at 7:37am
Boutte, LA

Duce Casting Rod #SMPH68 6'8' casting rod Mod-Fast action Perfect worm or frog rod. Brand new!!!! Own one for half price!!! 10-25 lb test 3/8 - 1-1/4 oz Spiraled guides. Won in tournament. $125 or trade for spinning rod or ???? FiveZero4458428Five

May 27 at 2:51pm
Boutte, LA

Beautiful Target Model S&W 17-9 revolver in 22 LR with 6' barrel. Like new. Complete with box and all paperwork. Also included is a custom leather holster. $750 takes it to the house. Five Zero 4458428Five

May 04 at 7:56pm
Boutte, LA

A partnership opportunity is available for Liberty Trace Ranch in Gloster, MS (1 hr north of Baton Rouge). A 3500 sq ft ranch house on (5 br, 4 baths) 400 acres with separate barn & outdoor kitchen provides hunting, fishing and a nearby golf course. Great getaway for the outdoorsman who doesn't want to travel more than 2 hours from New Orleans or Lafayette. Mineral rights included and currently under lease and within a producing unit. Call for details. FiveZero4458428Five.

March 25 at 12:29pm
Boutte, LA

Excellent vintage Ambassadeur 5000 (works great - with brown leather original Ambassadeur case) on a vintage 5'6' Shakespeare Ugly Stick casting rod. $50 or trade for ???. FiveZero4458428Five

March 20 at 8:12pm
Boutte, LA

I have 9 Weatherby Tiger boxes with the once-fired cases that came in them. 5 are 270 Wby Mag and the boxes are in excellent shape. 4 are 300 Wby Mag and the boxes are somewhat worn from use. Price dependent on what you want. FiveZero4458428Five

February 09 at 12:34pm
Boutte, LA

This is a Colt Custom Shop early 3rd Generation Single Action Army .357 Magnum purchased originally by me in the early 1980's. This package includes the revolver with original Colt box & paperwork. It had a set of genuine Colt ivory grips installed & fitted by Colt's Custom Gun Shop (pictured) at which time they inspected and adjusted the cylinder timing. These beautiful grips have yet to yellow! This handsome revolver has a case-hardened frame with Colt's deep blue finish on the 5-1/2' barrel and cylinder. It has had 1/2 box of .38 Spls fired thru it, but has yet to see a .357 shell. If not for that, it would be almost new. $1900. Five044Five8428Five

February 12, 2018 at 5:52pm
Boutte, LA

Set of Ruger ring/mounts for mounting scope on Ruger rifle. Ruger #3KTG. This is a set of low mounts in the stainless/gray finish. $55 5Zero44584Two85

December 26, 2017 at 10:55am